Outstanding people


Tamerlane

Born in Uzbekistan of the Barlas tribe, Tamerlane (also known as Amir Timur or Timur the Lame) claimed decent from Genghis Khan himself. Whilst he was certainly of Mongol descent there is no evidence to suggest that his claim was true – nevertheless, his reputation was easily the match of Khan’s. Speaking Turkish as his first language, Tamerlane was brought up a Muslim. His father died …

Khodja Akhmad Yassawi

For nomads living north of the Syrdarya, the gleaming blue domes of the Khodja Ahmed Yassaviy mausoleum in Turkestan city have always served as a beacon whose light allowed travelers to roam without fear of getting lost. Nomads had little fear of getting lost in their native steppe, vast though it was, but many, including the most distinguished Turkic thinkers of the time, were deeply anxious about …

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